|Pictured from left to right, Abell Hanger Foundation retiring CFO Herb Cartwright with three of the 2016-2017 Legacy Essay winners: Yolanda Contreras, Lauren Bell and Katherine Whiteman.|
From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events
Community service is the basis for the Legacy Essay Contest, sponsored by Abell-Hanger Foundation. The purpose of the contest is to honor students’ community service and to let the students tell their stories of how that service has enriched their lives.
This academic year, ten Midland College (MC) students received scholarships for essays written about their community service. Fall 2016 winners were Jena Burkhart, Landon Garnett, Mike Jaquez, Jack Smith and Katherine Whiteman. Spring 2017 winners were Jacob Beaty, Lauren Bell, Jaycie Brooks, Yolanda Contreras and Megan Madewell. On Wednesday, April 19, the winners were honored at a luncheon in the Midland College Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room.
The invocation was given by Lauren Bell who opened with a quote from German religious leader Dieter F. Urchtdorf: “As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.”
“We celebrate those who have given of their time and resources to ensure the successful future of students within our community, while also acknowledging the students who have benefitted from this marvelous gift,” said Bell. “While many of the donors and students are aware of the financial gifts that have been bestowed, many have overlooked the life changing blessing that was included with the Legacy Scholarship. We celebrate the gift of the Legacy Scholarship donors along with the perspectives, attitudes and lives that have been changed throughout the duration of the program. I speak on behalf of the many students who have received the scholarship when I say we are forever indebted.”
During the celebration, MC Legacy Scholarship Advisor Diana Ramos announced that a brick will be placed in MC’s Court of Honor in recognition of retiring Abell-Hanger Foundation Chief Financial Officer Herb Cartwright. Mr. Cartwright has been an advocate and supporter of the legacy scholarship for many years.
The winning essays can be found at www.midland.edu/legacyessays .